The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ˈneɪtoʊ; French: Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique nord, OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 member states – 28 European states, the United States, and Canada.
NATO’s most “powerful weapon,” according to Jim Townsend with the Center for a New American Security, is the “unity of the alliance,” but the individual allies also possess hard-hitting capabilities that could be called upon were it to face high-level aggression. for seven decades the nato alliance has practiced collective defense and deterrence against evolving international threats and over the years its capabilities have changed accordingly.
f-35 lightning ii the air side of the nato equation is led by the united states with the f-35 and other various aircraft the fifth generation f-35 joint strike fighter is an aircraft that rival powers have been unable to match its stealth and advanced suite of powerful sensors while some nato countries are looking at the f-35 as a leap in combat capability.
others continue to rely on the f-16 an older supersonic fighter that can dogfight and also bomb ground targets and then some countries like germany are considering european alternatives eurofighter typhoons the eurofighter typhoon is a capable multi-role aircraft designed by a.
handful of nato countries namely the united kingdom germany italy and spain determined to field an elite air superiority fighter france which walked away from the euro fighter project independently built a similar fighter known as the dassault rafale observers argue that the typhoon is comparable to late generation russian flanker variants such as the su-35 while each aircraft has its advantages.